Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why I am taking the summer off...

So I am not sure if anyone has noticed but I have been a little absent lately.  Things at my house have been so busy that I feel I can barely keep up. We have so many family functions that are going on that we are rarely at home.  We decided to host a 24th of July party with our friends and neighbors and that kept me busy with clean up and prep.  To top everything off we have gone back to school...  I have lots of fun projects that I would like to share and hopefully this summer break will help me get caught up.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sugar Cookie Day

July 9th is Sugar Cookie Day and we decided to bake up some sugar cookies today.   I wanted something fast and easy that wouldn't require rolling out the dough and cutting, so we made Swig Sugar Cookies with yellow frosting.  I found this recipe at Vintage Revivals.  One of the best things about it, you roll the dough into a ball and squish it with a cup, and they taste amazing!

I also made my favorite sugar cookie recipe, that requires you to roll out the dough.  These cookies are soft and light and this recipe can really feed a crowd.  You cream together 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of sour cream.

 Then you add two eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and mix well.  The dry ingredients are 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tsp of baking powder with 5 1/2-6 cups of flour.

Refrigerate the dough until it is easy to handle and then roll out the dough on a clean, floured, surface to 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out with cookie cutters.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  (I don't have pictures yet of the finished cookie because our summer fun on the 9th includes cutting, baking and decorating sugar cookies to eat and to share, but I will update.)

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

2 c sugar
1 c butter, softened
1 c sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
5 1/2-6 cups flour

Cream together the sugar, butter and sour cream. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix.  Refrigerate the dough until easy to handle, then roll out 1/4-1/2 inch thick on a clean, floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. 

How will you celebrate Sugar Cookie Day?  Do you have any amazing sugar cookie recipes to share?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wedding Reception Desserts

My sister's friend is getting married in Europe and she had an open house for friends and family before she heads across the seas.  She asked my mom and my mom's best friend to help cater the desserts.  She wanted petit fours (small teacakes, frosted and decorated), mini cheesecakes, mini pies, sugar cookies and mini cupcakes.  Each dessert was set up on a different plate with cute labels that the Bride made.

I missed out on all the food prep because I was taking care of my kiddos.  They ordered the petit fours and cheesecakes from a local restaurant supplier and they ordered the mini pie shells from there as well.  They filled all the pies with different fillings and used pre-made blueberry pie filling and made their own strawberry pie filling by mixing strawberries with a strawberry glaze.  The sugar cookies were made with one of my favorite recipes that I need to share, and truthfully they were one of the most popular desserts.  The mini cupcakes were made from a box and frosted with purple frosting. 

They also did the drinks and I was there to help for that part.  We made Strawberry Basil Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade.  For the Strawberry lemonade we used a lemonade concentrate and cut up strawberries and put it into the mix.  For the Strawberry  Basil Lemonade we made a syrup with strawberries, fresh basil, sugar and water.  Then we mixed the syrup with the lemonade concentrate.  For the strawberry basil lemonade recipe check out Chow.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

World UFO Day and Homemade Slurpee's

Today was World UFO Day, we did a few simple things to celebrate.  We went on a bike ride to find UFOs in our town.  (We were unsuccessful, we didn't even see birds or planes.)  Then we watched the movie Planet 51 where an American astronaut lands on a planet inhabited by little green men that are living in the 1950's.  While we watched the movie we enjoyed some homemade slurpee's.  As part of our "Make your Summer a Flip not a Flop" Relief Society activity we received a handout to make Kool-Aid slurpee's and after our hot search for UFOs we needed a cool treat.
You need a Kool-Aid packet, sugar, club soda (we only had Sprite in the pantry, so we just used that) ice and a blender.

Kool-Aid Slurpee's

1 kool-aid packet any flavor
1/2 c Sugar
2 c club soda, separated
2 1/2 c ice

In a blender combine the packet, sugar and 1 cup of soda.  Pulse until sugar is dissolved.
Add ice and blend until smooth.
Add the last cup of soda and blend until incorporated.
Pour into cups and freeze for 30 minutes.  (We skipped this step and it was still cool and refreshing.)
When time is up add straws and slurp.

If you want more ideas for summer fun with unique National Holidays you can check out my post here and see which ones we choose and links to more.

Monday, July 1, 2013

DIY Hairties

I always see cute hairties on Pinterest and the price tag always seems so high.  I did a quick search on Pinterest and found a DIY fromm Oceanside Daydreams.  The whole thing seems really simple it is just fold over elastic that can be found at fabric stores or even craft stores and you tie a knot and prevent the ends from fraying.

I did a Google search for fold over elastic and I found this cute shop Sunshine Shoppe.  They have a huge selection of fold over elastic that they sell by the yard for $0.50-$1.10 (and they have sales).
They have glitter elastic, neon elastic, chevron elastic, stripes, velvet elastic, and hair ties already made starting at $0.75.  (This is not a sponsored post, I just like to share where I find good deals or supplies to use in crafting.  I like that you can purchase a little or a lot as long it is in one yard increments.)  You can find the elastic from The Sunshine Shoppe here.

To make the hairties you just cut the elastic to whatever length you desire - the red, white and blue ones are 8 inches and the neon ones are 6 inches, for my daughter.  I can wrap the 8 inch ones twice around my hair when I have it all up and the 6 inch ones wrap twice around my daughter's hair when it is all up.  I read somewhere that you should cut the elastic to 9 inches.  

Once the elastic is cut you tie a knot and heat seal the ends (which means just passing the elastic near a flame to prevent fraying) and that's it.  I made four hair ties out of a yard at the 8 inch size and there was a little leftover to do a 5 inch for my daughter too. 

Update 7/16/13: I made some hair ties for me at 10 inches and I like them much better.  They wrap around all my hair three times.

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Summer Fun with National Holidays

One of the things I like to do for summer fun is look up weird and funny holidays to celebrate with my kids.  We read books about it, do crafts, or eat food and watch movies.  Here are some fun holidays coming up in July and August.
1-International Joke Day
2-UFO Day -my husband is so excited
4-Independence Day USA
5-Apple turnover day
7-National Strawberry Sundae Day
8-Video Game Day
9-Sugar Cookie Day
10-Teddy Bear Picnic Day and Pina Colada Day
13-Embrace your Geekness day
15-Cow appreciation Day
20-Moon Day
21-Junk Food Day
22-Hammock Day
23-Hot Dog Day
26-Aunt and Uncle Day
30-National Cheesecake Day
31-International Dance Day

3-Watermelon Day
4-Friendship Day
6-Root Beer Float Day
9-Book lovers Day
10-S'mores Day
12-Middle Child Day
14-Creamsicle Day
15-Relaxation Day
16-Roller Coaster Day
17-Thriftshop Day
19-Aviation Day
22-Tooth Fairy Day
24-Waffle Day
30-Frankenstein Day
31-Trail Mix Day

For more holidays check out this link for July and this link for August.